Rapid Reaction: Bulls 108, Nets 87

February, 6, 2012
2/06/12
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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NEWARK, N.J. -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls cruised to a 108-87 win over the New Jersey Nets on Monday night at the Prudential Center.

How it happened: Carlos Boozer had 24 points to lead the Bulls to one of their easiest victories of the year. Luol Deng added 19 points, while C.J. Watson chipped in 14 off the bench. The Bulls' victory is even more impressive considering Derrick Rose played just 10:40 on the night and left the game in the second quarter because of back spasms.

What it means: This one was a laugher from the beginning. The Bulls dominated the Nets in every facet of the game. Obviously, the Nets were missing several pieces (Brook Lopez and Anthony Morrow to name two) but the Bulls out-classed them on this night, even without Rose on the floor.

Stat of the night: The Bulls shot 64 percent from the field in the first half.

What's next: The Bulls continue their nine-game road trip Wednesday night when they take on the New Orleans Hornets.

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Chicago Bulls beat reporter
Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
21.6 3.4 1.5 40.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.5
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.5
BlocksP. Gasol 2.0